King’s College London, also known as KCL or King’s is known as a kind of public research university found in London of the United Kingdom. This is a constituent college of London’s federal university. The Duke of Wellington and King George IV found KCL in 1829. In the same year, this university also received its royal charter. Based from this fact, King’s College London is the fourth among the oldest universities in England on its own claims. However, some other student groups also laid claims to this institution as the third among the oldest universities in England. In 1836, the university turned out to be one out of the two founding colleges found in University of London.
During the later parts of the 20th century, King’s eventually grew through various mergers like Chelsea College of Science and technology, the Psychiatry Institute, Queen Elizabeth College, St. Thomas’ Hospitals, Guy’s United Medical and Dental Schools, and Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. During this time, this university is considered as the largest centre of post graduate and graduate biomedical research and medical teaching in Europe by a significant number of students. In this light, KCL is also considered as one of the best multidisciplinary research universities worldwide.
At the moment, KCL has around five campuses. The main campus is located on Strand in Central London. Aside from this, there are three other King’s campuses located on Thames. These are Waterloo, St. Thomas’, and Guy’s. There is also another campus in south London. Specifically, the campus is found in Denmark Hill. At present, the college has about 5,948 staff and around 28,730 students.
King’s College London has a total income of approximately £684.2 million during 2014 and 2015. Out of the total funds, £210.8 million came from research contracts and grants. In addition to these, KCL has the fifth among the largest endowments of universities across United Kingdom. It is also regarded as the largest university in London.
The academic activities of King’s are further organized to 9 faculties. These are further classified into various research divisions, centres, and departments. Furthermore, this is home to about six research council centres specializing in the medical field. This is also one of the founding members of King’s Health Partners in the academic health sciences centre, MedCity, and Francis Crick Institute. This is also a member of various academic groups like the Russell Group, the European University Association, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is typically considered as a portion of the golden triangle of the elite English universities.
King’s College London is famous for the skillful staff and alumni. The line-up includes 12 Nobel laureate recipients. This institution is the alma mater of various intergovernmental, governmental, and state organisations as well. For the record, there are about 16 members of the House of Lords and 19 members of the House of Commons who graduated from this college. Also, the academics and alumni of this university have greatly contributed to a lot of major advances and discoveries in various fields. Some of these fields include the discovery of Higgs Boson elementary particle, Hepatitis C, and the DNA structure. Research conducted in this institution also led to the rise of technologies like the mobile phones, television, radio, and radar. An Emmy winning director and 3 Grammy winners, and 2 Oscar’s winners also attended this university.
KCL highly performs in terms of international rankings. According to the Times Higher Education in 2014, this university was ranked as the sixth for their research power. They are also ranked 7th for their GPA. The results are based on the Research Excellence Framework.